My mother has been gone (i.e., joined the ancestors) a little over five years. For some reason, this Mother’s Day had me missing her more than usual. I usually send Mother’s Day cards to aunts and other beloved women warriors in my life. This year, I didn’t have the energy or will to do so. I had a mental block preventing me from thinking of anyone but my mom to whom I couldn’t send a card or pick up the phone and say, “Happy Mother’s Day.”
Strange that this would be the case after five years, particularly since I thought I was long finished with the grieving process. Perhaps we never really finish grieving the loss of mothers. I’ve been exploring ways to incorporate my mother into my creative process, a way to honor her, remember her, keep her close. One of the ways I’m currently exploring is through a story collection. I’ve just begun the process, but I’ll incorporate sayings, photos and other elements of the myriad of projects my mother worked on that remind me she’s with me throughout my own creative process.
Here’s what I have thus far:
Let me know what you think. I’ll keep you apprised of my progress on this project. In the meantime, should you wish to create your own memory art pieces, check out my previous blog on Three Must Reads For Artists and Creatives.